10/23 21:35 CDT DeRozan helps Bulls beat Pistons 97-82
DeRozan helps Bulls beat Pistons 97-82
By CASEY DROTTAR
CHICAGO (AP) --- DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Nikola Vucevic added 15 points
and 18 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 97-82 on
DeRozan put an exclamation point on his night, finishing a thunderous third
quarter dunk despite getting hit in the face by Pistons guard Hamidou Diallo.
His efforts helped give the Bulls their first 3-0 start to a season since 2016.
They were also badly needed, as Zach LaVine endured a sluggish start for the
second straight night. Chicago's star didn't hit his first shot until just
after the six minute mark of the second, and finished the night with 14 points
on 6 of 18 shooting.
Chicago carried a 54-43 edge into the half, thanks in large part to its
defense. The Bulls had seven steals in the second quarter, but offensive
struggles prevented them from building a larger lead. Chicago finished the
first half shooting just 18 of 45 from the field.
Detroit opened the game on a 9-0 run, but Vucevic kick-started the Bulls with
five points and three rebounds within a one-minute stretch. The Pistons went
cold from that point on, shooting just 38.6% from the floor and hitting only
five of their 28 3-point attempts.
Saddiq Bey led the way for Detroit with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk
came off the bench to provide 10 points, eight of which came in the first
quarter. Trey Lyles was the only other Pistons player to score in double
figures, finishing the night with 12 points.
The Pistons tried to claw their way back into the game with a 20-2 run in the
fourth quarter, but LaVine and Vucevic each hit late shots to prevent any drama.
NO BALL SECURITY
Holding on to the ball was a significant issue for Detroit throughout the
night. The Pistons turned it over 23 times, nine times in the second quarter
alone. Chicago feasted on the mistakes, finishing the game with 24 points off
Pistons: Detroit is still awaiting the debut of rookie guard Cade Cunningham,
the No. 1 overall pick. Cunningham is recovering from a sprained right ankle
and practicing with the Motor City Cruise, Detroit's G-League affiliate, to get
fully up to speed.
Bulls: Chicago has now won nine straight games against Detroit. ...Alex Caruso
received MVP chants from the home crowd for the second night in a row. He
finished the game with 12 points and five steals off the bench.
Pistons: At Atlanta on Monday night.
Bulls: At Toronto on Monday night.
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